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Better school bus safety: Tips that your children need to know
MAR 9, 2017

Family Features

For millions of school-age children, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While parents entrust their children's safety to the capable hands of bus drivers, these tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation provide some measures parents can take and lessons they can teach to increase safety going to and from the bus, and even during the ride.

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Haven't finished your shopping? We offer last-minute holiday shopping tips
DEC 19, 2016

Few things elicit panic like getting caught shopping for gifts at the last minute with the holidays just around the corner. If you've waited until the last  week before Christmas to get started, you're not alone.

With shopping left to do and such a short amount of time to do it, snagging exactly what everyone on your list (assuming you've already started your list, at least) wants at a price that won't break the bank will require some serious creativity and resourcefulness. Before you resort to panic mode, take advantage of these tips to help you wrap up your holiday shopping.

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Use your head to combat concussions in youth sports
NOV 23, 2016

With athletes of all ages taking to fields and courts, there are important steps to take in keeping young athletes safe during practice and games.

Data from U.S. Youth Soccer shows that the number of kids playing increased nearly 90 percent — with nearly 3 million children ages 7-17 playing each year — from 1990 to 2014. As soccer has risen in popularity, so has the rate on injuries — especially concussions — according to a Nationwide Children's Hospital study published recently in "Pediatrics."

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Bring autumn colors to spiced sweets
SEP 17, 2016

Family Features

Cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice are all signs of fall. Whether you're hosting a pumpkin carving party or decorating sweet treats with family, celebrate the season with maple-flavored leaf-shaped cookies, pumpkin patch cupcakes and hot apple cider.

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Managing diabetic pets at home is good for you and your pet
AUG 23, 2016

Chances are good that you know someone who has diabetes. However, you may not realize this disease that commonly affects humans is on the rise among dogs and cats.

Like humans, a diagnosis of diabetes requires lifestyle changes and heightened health monitoring, yet with proper care, your pet can live a full and active life. During a recent four-year study, hospitals have seen a 32 percent jump in cases of canine diabetes and a 16 percent increase in feline diabetes.

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Pack healthy school lunches and snacks that kids will actually eat
AUG 13, 2016

Busy parents know that packing healthy lunches and snacks that kids will eat and not throw out or trade day after day is a challenge. For kids with food allergies — which, according to the CDC, is one in 13 kids or about two per classroom — or who attend a peanut-free school, it gets even more difficult.

Here are some tips for packing healthy and delicious allergy-friendly lunches and snacks that fuel kids' active minds and bodies all day long.

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Beat the heat and stay hydrated this summer; milk is great option
AUG 9, 2016

It's summertime, which means it's time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But be warned, with the sun comes the heat. Whether you're enjoying the park with your family or exercising outdoors, it's important to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months.

Staying properly hydrated can keep the heat from ruining your outdoor fun. Dehydration can be a serious bummer. Luckily, it's easily preventable, and you don't have to stick to just water. You may be surprised to learn that both white milk and chocolate milk are great hydration options, too.

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Power into your busy life with protein
JUL 31, 2016

Family Features

If you're feeling more exhausted than invigorated, it may be time to introduce some new strategies to help keep busy days from feeling overwhelming. Proper exercise, balanced nutrition and quality rest can make it easier to adapt when life demands you give a little bit more.

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10 tips to stop the summer slide
JUL 29, 2016

Learning shouldn't stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.

The key is finding ways to make reading fun, combining education and entertainment for an activity kids can truly enjoy, said Kate DiCamillo, a two-time Newbery Medal Award-winning author and the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program National Summer Reading Champion.

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Goodnight, smartphone: Power down before bed for a good night's rest
JUL 19, 2016

Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality ZZZs, you should put down that smartphone.

The National Sleep Foundation reports nearly 90 percent of adults sleep with at least one electronic device in their bedroom. However, staring at a screen after 9 p.m. can zap your body of energy, turning you into a zombie the next day. To get a good night's rest, consider shutting off all electronics before climbing into bed.

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They protected us, now we can help protect them
SEP 30, 2015

Cpl. Matt Foster and K-9 partner Sgt. Mick

When Cpl. Matt Foster left Afghanistan after his tour of duty in 2013, he didn't know whether he would ever see his K-9 partner again.

For nine months, Foster and Sgt. Mick, a black Labrador retriever, lived and worked together keeping the military compound at Camp Leatherneck and the surrounding area in Helmand Province safe from explosive attack.

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What did you say? Helpful tips to protect your hearing
SEP 18, 2015

Not only can noise distract, disturb and interfere with communication and sleep, it can affect your performance, behavior and hearing.

In many cases, hearing loss can be prevented by recognizing sources of damaging noise levels and using appropriate protective equipment. However, excessive noise exposure can cause permanent hearing loss that cannot be treated with medication, or result in constant ringing in your ears called tinnitus. Impaired hearing can reduce your ability to recognize your surroundings and listen for cues of potential danger.

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Ways to welcome a shelter dog
SEP 17, 2015

Animal shelters are full of lovable dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages deserving of a good home and ready to become your next four-legged family member. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, nearly 2 million dogs are adopted into new families each year.

However, choosing the right dog is just the beginning. The first weeks after bringing home an adopted pet are critical. It's a time to get to know one another and build a lifelong connection. Here are some steps to help ease the transition:

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